Progressivism as Deep (little-c) Conservatism
At least in economic policy, progressives like Barrack Obama are deeply conservative. They want industries, jobs, real earnings, and class positions to be stable and predictable. No one ever believes me when I say this, but look at the policies. Trade protectionism protects current industry incumbents and workers, at the cost of poorer future performance due to lack of competition. Unions attempt to lock in current jobs through numerous controls on work rules, slow or stop changes in technology and work processes that have the effect of eventually castrating the company (think GM). Socialized medicine tries to lock in the current standard of care for everyone, while reducing the possibility of future improvements. Redistribution attempts to lock in the current standard of living for everyone while reducing the possibility of future improvements. I discussed this more European model last week.
I like how Shannon Love summarized it in the context of Obama:
Posted on November 3, 2008 at 09:42 AM | Permalink
Exactly. I've said this for years, almost always get blank stares or out of hand dismissal.
Posted by: Anon E. Mouse | Nov 3, 2008 6:19:42 PM
Watch your language. Leftism isn't progressive.
Posted by: Brandon Berg | Nov 3, 2008 8:06:03 PM
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